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Second Annual Spring Symposium

April 27, 2017

 

Over 75 service providing folks came together on Thursday to address critical needs in our Bonner and Boundary County communities.  Becca Orchard and Elise Boyce introduced the new Volunteer Idaho Panhandle initiative and challenged the group to help them meet their goal of registering 25 nonprofits on the new web matching tool, VolunteerUnited, by May 23rd….25 registrations in 25 days!   The response was overwhelmingly positive and VIP is off to the races!

Mark Tucker and Keri Stark from United Way of North Idaho updated the group on ALICE (Asset Limited Income Restricted Employed), helping service providers understand this important client group and their needs.  (Click here for full ALICE report).  This informative presentation led naturally into the work by facilitated small groups to identify the most critical obstacles to meeting needs in four areas:  Transportation, Financial Assistance, Housing and Mental Health.  Groups were able to identify a few critical actions that can be taken in the next few weeks to begin the work of impacting these gaps in services.  The energy was high and very concrete actions were agreed to….there is tremendous optimism that with small steps forward we can begin to make a difference.  May 23rd SPIN will be the test, as we will be getting a report of successes at this quarterly gathering.

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Second Quarter SPIN

 

 

Twenty-seven members of our service providing community met Tuesday morning to continue the conversations on improving vital services in the Bonner and Boundary County communities.  We received an update from Elise Boyce on the new Volunteer Idaho Panhandle (VIP) initiative.  Sixteen organizations have registered on the VolunteerUnited site and the drive continues to inspire more non- profits to list their opportunities.  The summer months will be filled with numerous opportunities to shout out to the community about how to get connected as a volunteer.  Look for ads, radio spots and VIP presence at all of our local summer venues….it is all about spreading the word!

 

Jack Dyck shared survey feedback on the symposium 2012 Feedback with evaluations being positive overall.  Symposium participants also discussed how we can do a better job of reaching those who need our services, and Jack shared many of the good ideas that were generated to be acted upon.  See attached summary of comments shared Exercise One It was exciting to unveil the progress made on the commitments captured at Spring Symposium.  We had a few wins, a lot of actions are still in progress and we were able to identify some things that were simply taken off the table when examined more closely (see photo below).  Due to the absence of the responsible parties, we had to list some things as “no action”, but recognize that more movement may have been made than known.   It is the intent of the SPIN group to continue to move forward with these projects over the summer.  Jack will be on point to follow up with those responsible and help communicate progress in the time between now and our next SPIN meeting, October 24th.

 

We were happy to hear presentations by three important service providers in our community:  Chris Bassett, Bonner Community Housing Agency spoke about the low income housing crisis in our area and the upcoming Housing Forum scheduled for June 20, 9 am  - 2 pm. BCHA SPIN Presentation.  Catherine Perusse, NAMI, gave us a report on activities at the North Idaho Crisis Services and the plan to expand to Mon-Fri daytime service hours, utilizing trained volunteers.  The hope is to be able to offer this expanded crisis support by September this year. Crisis Line Presentation  Jon and Cathy Pomeroy shared information about the new Helping Hands, Healing Hearts organization.  They are already serving many in just the two weeks that they have been open.  HHHH is working through and with other churches to offer both basic services and enrichment programs for those in need.  HHHH Presentation

 

Next meeting will be October 24th 8 am – 10 am.

Spring Symposium 2017:  Reporting on Progress

 

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